Birchwood Grove CP School


Year Two

Welcome to year 2!

We will put any information on this page, including: planning, homework and anything else that may be useful. We will also use Parent Mail or Seesaw to update you.  


During the first two weeks of school we used this beautiful text to start thinking about growth mind-set, our community, plants and it inspired us to complete some artwork based on the front cover. 

We thought about litter around the school and created posters which included using imperative verbs in commands to remind others to pick up their litter. We learnt a song to perform with our recycled instruments in assembly (you can see this on seesaw) and re-created the front cover in art using watercolour, collage and a photograph of ourselves. We have also looked at what plants need to grow and we observed the changes as seeds began to grow in soil, sand, stones and bark. At the heart of our learning is RSHE and we have started to think about our trusted adults and being safe online. 


As we move on through the term we will be focusing on concepts as part of our curriculum; change, cause and consequence being our focus.  


Our key question for autumn term is: 'Is change necessary?'

Our key text is 'The Kiss That Missed' alongside many other non-fiction texts based on castles and knights.


Linking to History, we will be thinking about changes within the living memory, events beyond the living memory; making links with different periods in time and our significant individual from the past will be Henry VIII. Geography links will be based around the geographical features of castles. In science we will be looking at everyday materials and begin to explore their properties. During PE we are learning gymnastics, dance and multi skills based on different ballgames. 

As move on to the end of this term we will begin to work on our nativity production with the hope of performing for an audience. 


Our key question for spring term is: 'Where do I belong in the world?'

Our spring term overview. 


Our key text for the first part of the term is 'Monkey Puzzle' this will inspire us to read, write and begin to ask scientific questions about animals survival.


Linking to geography and the RSE curriculum we will investigate how best to answer our key question whilst continuing to celebrate similarities and differences between us. Science lessons this term will be focused on what animals, plants and humans need to survive, this links nicely to our school trip to Drussila's Park this term. Computing this term is based upon programming and letting the children experiment with programming algorithms on a variety of different programs. Our outdoor PE sessions will be developing the kills of defending, attacking and shooting whilst indoor sessions will be focused on indoor athletics. 


During the second half of the term we will be looking at the text 'Last Stop on Market Street' by Matt De Le Pena where we can develop our thinking on environmental issues and individuality. 

In school English, math, reading and phonic lessons will be linked where appropriate alongside other foundation subjects as part of the whole curriculum. 



This year we have made the decision to record your child's reading on Seesaw. This is a change from the usual reading records that have come home in book bags, to hopefully reduce the number that get mislaid or left either at school or home each day. We can collate the information on the children's journal to monitor the frequency of the children reading and celebrate their progress through video recordings, photos, comments and voice notes. All children have come home with their new seesaw codes, for you to upload information about the children reading at home. We hope you will find this easier to manage than the reading records, however, if you feel you would prefer to have a book sent home, please do contact the class teachers via the school office or on Seesaw.

Please continue the love for reading that we promote in school at home. We encourage children to log on to Numbots and spelling shed at home to practise the number skills and spelling lists tailored to their individual learning needs.


Follow this link for Spelling Shed to practice weekly spelling lists.

Here is a list of the first 100 High Frequency words that your child should  know and be using in their work

The Year 2 spellings can be found here. Please have a go at practicing them with your child

If your child would like to practice their maths, there is a web page with some free games to play here

Help at home 

Times tables rock stars 

Spelling shed

Maths Fluency sheets:




Oak Academy lessons for Key Stage One